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CEGA Welcomes New Affiliates


We are excited to introduce three new faculty affiliates, with expertise in African political economy, public health, and machine learning. Join us in welcoming Claire Adida (UC San Diego), Leo Arriola (UC Berkeley), and Ziad Obermeyer (UC Berkeley).

Claire Adida is an associate professor of political science at the University of California San Diego, and co-director of the UCSD Center on Comparative Immigration Studies. She uses experimental methods to investigate how countries manage new and old forms of diversity, and has researched these questions in the context of African immigrant integration in West Africa, Muslim immigrant integration in France, African immigrant integration in the United States, and refugee exclusion around the world. She has conducted survey and field experiments in Benin, France, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and the United States.

Leonardo R. Arriola is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on democratization, coalition politics, ethnic politics, and political violence in developing countries. He has conducted field research in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, and Zambia.

Ziad Obermeyer is an Associate Professor (Acting) at UC Berkeley, where he does research at the intersection of machine learning, medicine, and health policy. He was named an Emerging Leader by the National Academy of Medicine in 2020, and has received numerous awards including the Early Independence Award — the National Institutes of Health’s most prestigious award for exceptional junior scientists — and the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He continues to practice emergency medicine in underserved communities.

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